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Dorian makes a wish that he'll remain forever young while his portrait grows old.

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--DORIAN--
How sad it is.

--BASIL--
What, Dorian?

--DORIAN--
This picture will always remain young. If it were only the other way...

--BASIL--
Dorian?

--DORIAN--
...and I would always be young while this picture grows old.

FOR THAT I MIGHT GIVE ANYTHING
MAYBE EVEN GIVE MY SOUL

THERE HAS TO BE
SOMEWHERE I CAN GO
WHERE TIME WOULD STOP!
AND I COULD KNOW
MORE THAN WHAT ONE LIFE
COULD EVER GRANT ME
THE TIME TO SEE
WHERE DARKNESS ISN’T TAUNTING ME
AND LIGHT IS SHINING NOT SO BRIGHTLY
SO I MIGHT
BECOME THE MAN
I’M MEANT TO BE

BEYOND WRONG AND RIGHT
IN-BETWEEN DARK AND LIGHT

But that’s insanity. I’m a victim of time like everyone else. Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly.

(BASIL throws HENRY an accusing look, then picks up his palette knife and crosses to the picture.

DORIAN swiftly intercepts as BASIL prepares to rip up the canvas.)

Basil!

--BASIL--
IT’S MY WORK
I CAN DISPENSE WITH IT
THAT MAKES MORE SENSE
UNHAND ME
I CAN SEE THAT YOU REGRET IT
I WILL DESTROY IT
WE CAN FORGET IT

--DORIAN--
DON’T BASIL
YOU MISUNDERSTAND ME

(DORIAN guides BASIL’S hand, still clutching the knife, so it’s hovering over DORIAN’S chest.)

YOU MAY AS WELL TAKE MY LIFE
WITH YOUR KNIFE BASIL
STRANGE AS IT SEEMS
THERE IN YOUR ART
DWELLS MY CAPTURED HEART
AND IF YOU LET ANYONE ELSE
BUT ME HAVE MY PICTURE
I’LL NEVER FORGIVE YOU

--BASIL--
Dorian, of course. It was yours before it existed. You gave me quite a start.

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from "Dorian​-​The Remarkable Mister Gray", released June 21, 2010
Jason Bailey as DORIAN, Jim Steele as BASIL.

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Randy Bowser Salem, Oregon

Randy Bowser - ASCAP, SAG, AFTRA

Composer, director, actor.

Professional premiere of "Dorian Gray" was in 2010, in Moscow, Russia.

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